June 17, 2017


A couple days ago I introduced you to the Spotlighting Technique by showing you the collaborative effort between my granddaughter, Stella, and me. Remember?

Hi Stella!

In that post, I promised that I would treat you to a tutorial on how to do this cool technique.

The photo below shows the card featuring the Spotlighting Technique that my Stamp-In girls re-created at my workshop last Monday.

This photo shows a closeup of how you mesh the spotlighted <colored> portion 
with the original <uncolored> portion.

 Once again, the whole perspective of the Spotlighting Technique on the card:

I had the girls use a combination of the Watercolor Pencils with an Aqua Painter to colorize the spotlighted portion.

I must point out that looking at my coloring at closer than normal range is akin to looking at an Impressionist painting close-up. In fact, the photo below shows a close up and personal view of one of Claude Monet's paintings. Doesn't look like too much, eh? 

 And, now mine, close up and personal: Doesn't look like too much, eh? 

As promised, here is the tutorial for the Spotlighting Technique (in fact, the tutorial for this card!): Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (page 77 of the new catalog)
You've Got This (page 101 of the new catalog)

Crumb Cake cardstock
Real Red cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Red/Pink Striped DSP

Black Memento Ink
Watercolor Pencils

Aqua Painter
Red Dots (I made these and dried them with red Enamel Accents by Ranger)
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

In black ink, stamp the flower image centered on a 3" x 4" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.

Stamp just the lower right portion of the flower itself onto a 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock. Using an Aqua Painter and your choice of Watercolor Pencils, color the flower on the white as you wish. Mount this piece onto a 1 7/8" square of Real Red cardstock. Add a few Stampin' Dimensionals to the back of this piece, and matching up the flower lines, adhere it over the uncolored image.

Mount this entire piece to a 3 1/8" x 4 1/8" piece of Real Red cardstock and adhere it to the card base with equal margins at the right and top.

In black ink, stamp the sentiment onto a 3/4" x 3" piece of Whisper White cardstock. Add two of the homemade red dots alongside the words. Adhere this to a 3 1/8" x 7/8" piece of Real Red cardstock. Use a few Dimensionals to add it to the bottom of the card.

Finish off with a 3/4" x 5 1/2" strip of striped Designer Series Paper.



  1. Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  2. Oh this is pretty -- I have done this technique before but as with many techniques, I forget about them! How great that Stella is learning this art from her grandma!

  3. Marvelous idea, your coloring of the flower is really well done.

  4. I have seen this technique a few times, I guess I need to give it a try. Thanks for posting with us at #CCBG

  5. Great idea... it looks wonderful. :)

  6. Stella did an amazing job on her card Linda, she must take after you. Really creative and I love this technique. Such a lovely way to highlight a specific piece of the card

  7. What an inspired idea. Your cards are always so lovely and creative.

    Thanks for sharing on Friday Frivolity.